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Robin Roberts and Michelle Obama at Working Families Summit

 

Published on Jun 25, 2014

Robin Roberts interviews First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama at the White House Working Families Summit. Washington, D.C., June 23, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Church & playground shelled in Eastern Ukraine – aftermath footage

 

Published on Jul 30, 2014

Wooden church and a nearby playground got under shelling in Gorlovka on July 29. A local woman was heavily injured as the shell also hit the bus station in front of the church. Gorlovka has witnessed fire intensification for the past days as Ukrainian army ratchets up pressure at Donetsk People’s Republic militia who are in control of the area.

 

 

Did The Pope Just Challenge The Church’s Position On War?

 

 

‘Let’s model democratic values right now’

 

Published on Jul 29, 2014

Round two! Guests Alan Dershowitz and Marc Lamont Hill reignite their spirited debate on Israel.

 

 

 

Iran Nuclear Negotiations Remain Deadlocked, Receive 4-Month Extension

 

Published on Jul 29, 2014

Gareth Porter: Iran has indicated it’s willing to draw down its enriched uranium stockpile, which could make a nuclear deal with the P5+1 within reach.

 

 

 

Today in History for July 30th

 

Published on Jul 29, 2014

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Highlights of this day in history: Ex-Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears; Medicare and Medicaid signed into law; A blast rocks Black Tom Island; The USS Indianapolis sunk; Henry Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger born. (July 30)

 

 

 

Prostitution Legalization Movement Sparked In Bay Area By FBI Actions

 

Published on Jul 29, 2014

“The head of San Francisco’s Erotic Service Providers Union has been a sex worker for 24 years — and “I hope to be doing it for another 24,” says Maxine Doogan.

 

But she dreams of a future when she won’t be treated like a criminal and could earn a little respect in the city that launched the fight for sex worker rights 41 years ago.

 

Calls by Bay Area sex workers for decriminalizing “consensual” prostitution have been spurred anew following the FBI seizure of a West Coast sex services website that prosecutors say hooked up clients with prostitutes and which sex workers saw as a vital forum to screen dangerous clients.”

 

 

 

PBS News Hour Full episode | July 29, 2014

 

Published on Jul 29, 2014

Tonight on the program, we take a look at Ukraine, where the U.S. announced deeper sanctions against Russia to urge the country to pull back on its support of Ukrainian separatists. Also: the NCAA agrees to settle numerous concussion lawsuits, how longer school days can benefit students, the effect of surveillance on reporters and their sources and a bipartisan push for criminal justice reform.

 

 

 

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President Barack Obama To Award Medals To Chicago’s Joan Harris, Darlene Hine.


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Obama to award medals to Chicago’s Joan Harris, Darlene Hine

 

By Ms. LYNN SWEET

 

WASHINGTON — On Monday, President Barack Obama will award the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities medals to Chicagoans Joan Harris, a philanthropist and arts patron closely associated with the University of Chicago and Northwestern University historian Darlene Clark Hine.

 

Bios, from the White House….

 

Joan Harris for supporting creative expression in Chicago and across our country. Her decades of leadership and generosity have enriched our cultural life and helped countless artists, dancers, singers, and musicians bring their talents to center stage.

 

Darlene Clark Hine, historian, for enriching our understanding of the African American experience. Through prolific scholarship and leadership, Dr. Hine has examined race, class, and gender and shown how the struggles and successes of African American women shaped the Nation we share today.

 

Complete list of awardees…

 

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  • Julia Alvarez, Novelist, Poet, and Essayist, Weybridge, VT
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music, Presenter, Brooklyn, NY
  • Joan Harris, Arts Patron, Chicago, IL
  • Bill T. Jones, Dancer and Choreographer, Valley Cottage, NY
  • John Kander, Musical Theater Composer, New York, NY
  • Jeffrey Katzenberg, Director and CEO of DreamWorks, Beverly Hills, CA
  • Maxine Hong Kingston, Writer, Oakland, CA
  • Albert Maysles, Documentary Filmmaker, New York, NY
  • Linda Ronstadt, Musician, San Francisco, CA
  • Billie Tsien and Tod Williams (receiving individual medals), Architects, New York, NY
  • James Turrell, Visual Artist, Flagstaff, AZ

 

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  • M.H. Abrams, Literary Critic, Ithaca, NY
  • David Brion Davis, Historian, Orange, CT
  • Darlene Clark Hine, Historian, Chicago, IL
  • Anne Firor Scott, Historian, Chapel Hill, NC
  • William Theodore De Bary, East Asian studies scholar, Tappan, NY
  • Johnpaul Jones, Architect, Bainbridge, WA
  • Stanley Nelson, Filmmaker, New York, NY
  • Diane Rehm, Radio Host, Washington, D.C.
  • Krista Tippett, Radio Host, St. Paul, MN
  • American Antiquarian Society, Historical Organization, Worcester, MA

 

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What Will Barack Do Today™, Tuesday The 22nd Of July, 2014……Everything.


By Jueseppi B. The Militant Negro

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 President Barack Obama on Tuesday honors the Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the moon 45 years ago. Later, Obama signs a jobs training bill and then heads to Seattle for a West Coast fundraising swing.

 

 

White House Schedule – July 22, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday July 22nd, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
TUESDAY, JULY 22nd, 2014

 

 

In the morning, the President will meet representatives of Apollo 11 to recognize the 45th anniversary of the first mission to land on the Moon. There will be a stills only pool spray at the top of this meeting in the Oval Office.

 

In the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks about new efforts to help expand opportunity for more workers by ensuring they have access to the training and skills they need for the good jobs of today. The President will sign H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which will help improve employer engagement and accountability across federally funded job training programs. The Vice President will also deliver remarks. This event in South Court Auditorium is open press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will travel to Seattle, Washington. The departure from the South Lawn is open press, and the arrival at Boeing Field / King County International Airport is open to pre-credentialed media.

 

While in Seattle, the President will attend DNC and Senate Majority PAC events at private residences. There will be travel pool coverage of the President’s remarks at the DNC event, and the Senate Majority PAC roundtable is closed press.

 

In the evening, the President will depart Seattle en route San Francisco, California. The departure from Boeing Field / King County International Airport and arrival at San Francisco International Airport are open to pre-credentialed media.

 

The President will remain overnight in San Francisco.

 

 

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Tuesday, July 22 2014  All Times ET

 

10:35 AM: The President meets with Apollo 11 representatives, Oval Office.

 

11:00 AM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

12:10 PM: The President signs H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; the Vice President also delivers remarks, South Court Auditorium.

 

1:00 PM: The President departs the White House, South Lawn.

 

1:15 PM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews, Joint Base Andrews.

 

3:30 PM: Drink Up! with First Lady Michelle Obama, The White House.

 

6:15 PM: The President arrives Seattle, Washington. Local Event Time: 3:15 PM. Boeing Field International Airport.

 

8:05 PM: The President attends a DNC event. Local Event Time: 5:05 PM. Private Residence – Seattle.

 

9:00 PM: The President attends a Senate Majority PAC roundtable. Local Event Time: 6:00 PM. Private Residence – Bellevue.

 

10:25 PM: The President departs Seattle. Local Event Time: 7:25 PM. Boeing Field International Airport.

 

12:10 PM:  Arrives San Francisco. Local Event Time: 9:10 PM. The President will remain overnight in San Francisco.

 

 

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On Wednesday, the President will attend a DCCC event in the San Francisco area, and later in the day will travel to the Los Angeles area, where he will remain overnight.

 

On Thursday, the President will visit a community college in Los Angeles to deliver remarks on the importance of job-driven skills training, particularly for fast-growing sectors such as health care. Later, he will attend a DNC event. Further details about the President’s travel to Washington and California will be made available in the coming days.

 

On Friday, the President and the Vice President will welcome President Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala, President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras, and President Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador to the White House. The four leaders and Vice President Biden will discuss how to reinforce our ongoing collaboration to stem the flow of undocumented migrants from Central America to Mexico and the United States.

 

 

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White House Live

 

Next Up

 

July 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest

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July 22, 2014 12:10 PM EDT

President Obama and Vice President Biden Deliver Remarks and Sign H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

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July 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT

White House Champions of Change for Raise the Wage

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July 22, 2014 3:30 PM EDT

Drink Up! with First Lady Michelle Obama

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Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases – July 21st & 22nd, 2014

 

Remarks by the President at Presentation of the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts

 

Remarks by the President at My Brother’s Keeper Town Hall

 

Remarks by the President at Signing of Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination

 

Statement by the President on the Situation in Ukraine and Gaza

 

FACT SHEET: Ready to Work At a Glance: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity

 

Readout of the President’s Homeland Security Council Meeting

 

Readout of the President’s Call with President Komorowski of Poland

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

President Obama Signs Minnesota Disaster Declaration

 

Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Ed Miliband

 

Office of the Vice President Announces Staff Changes

 

FACT SHEET: The Vice President’s Address to the 115th National Conference of the Veterans of Foreign Wars

 

FACT SHEET: Taking Action to Support LGBT Workplace Equality is Good For Business

 

FACT SHEET: Taking Action to Support LGBT Workplace Equality is Good For Business

 

 

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‘Anything other than social media?’ State Dept’s MH17 evidence secret

 

Published on Jul 22, 2014

State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf described Russia’s statements on MH17 plane crash as “misinformation” – but when reporters asked her whether Washington would be releasing their intelligence and satellite data, Harf only replied “may be.” So far the US has been backing its statements by social media and “common sense.”

 

 

 

Train carrying remains of MH17 crash victims arrives in Kharkov, Ukraine

 

Published on Jul 22, 2014

Bodies of the victims of the MH17 plane crash arrived in Kharkov on a train bound for Amsterdam, Tuesday. The corpses had first been loaded onto refrigerated railway carriages at Torez railway station, and once they reach their final destination they will be transferred to Dutch authorities. So far 282 of the 298 bodies onboard the plane have been recovered

 

 

 

 

Simply a waste: Speaker Boehner’s latest stunt

 

Published on Jul 22, 2014

John Boehner and House leadership are on track for the least productive Congress in history—and now they want to waste even more time and money on a frivolous lawsuit against President Obama.

 

 

 

Thousands Of Palestinians Leave Their Homes In Gaza.

 

 

 

 American Citizen Who Was Beaten in Israel, Speaks.

 

Published on Jul 21, 2014

A 15-year-old Palestinian-American from Florida who was taken into custody by Israeli security forces during a family visit to the Middle East says he was beaten and kicked so much he lost consciousness. (July 21)

 

 

 

Earnest: White House is ‘Confident’ in Legal Basis for Health Care Law

 

Published on Jul 22, 2014

The White House doubled-down on its support for the 2010 health care law Tuesday, following a federal appeals court ruling that some say could derail the law’s success.

 

“You don’t need a fancy legal degree to understand that Congress intended for every eligible American to have access to tax credits that would lower their health care costs, regardless of whether it was state officials or federal officials who were running the marketplace,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. “This will work its way through the legal process and we are confident in the legal case that the Department of Justice will be making.”

 

 

 

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July 21st/22nd, 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama talks with Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and John Podesta, Counselor to the President, in the Outer Oval Office before delivering a statement on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the situation in Ukraine, July 18, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and John Podesta, Counselor to the President, in the Outer Oval Office before delivering a statement on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the situation in Ukraine, July 18, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts bow their heads during the benediction at the Medal of Honor ceremony for SSG Pitts in the East Room of the White House, July 21, 2014. At left is SSG Pitt's wife Amy and one-year-old son Lucas. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts bow their heads during the benediction at the Medal of Honor ceremony for SSG Pitts in the East Room of the White House, July 21, 2014. At left is SSG Pitt’s wife Amy and one-year-old son Lucas. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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Dr. Maya Angelou’s Homegoing Service. And STILL I Rise.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Honoring Dr. Maya Angelou

 

Maya Angelou: I’m a Rainbow in Somebody’s Cloud

 

Published on Jul 31, 2012

CDF mourns the loss of Maya Angelou’s powerful presence. Remember. Pay tribute by listening to her beautiful words and lyrical poetry .

 
Dr. Maya Angelou was a keynote speaker at the Children’s Defense Fund National Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 25, 2012 . The poem she recited was the prelude to the National and Racial Healing Town Hall plenary session that included Trayvon Martin‘s parents. Dr. Angelou received a standing ovation from the more than 3,000 conference participants, nearly half of them young advocate leaders.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Maya Angelou, whose timeless works such as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings encouraged and stirred the souls of millions of readers, passed away last week at the age of 86.

 

Dr. Angelou’s family has arranged a private memorial service in Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel this morning, Saturday, June 7, starting at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.

 

The First Lady, who has called Dr. Angelou one of her “she-roes” as well as a friend, will be speaking at the service.

 

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Dr. Maya Angelou, the poet, actress, author and civil rights activist known around the world, discovered her passion for teaching at Wake Forest University. And, in the past four decades, she has inspired generations of students to become better writers, thinkers and citizens. Angelou died on Wednesday, May 28, at the age of 86.

 

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Doctor Maya Angelou was born to Vivian Baxter and Bailey Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri on April 4, 1928. She passed to her Heavenly Reward quietly on May 28, 2014 in her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is survived by her son, daughter-in-law, two grandsons and two great-grandchildren, a nephew, a niece, grandnieces, great-grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnephews and a host of beloveds.

 
From the time she was a child, Dr. Angelou proved that she was a unique individual with amazing commitment and focus.. The birth of her son when she was seventeen did not prevent her from continuing in pursuit of her dreams for a creative career. From her start as a singer in San Francisco’s Purple Onion and the Hungry I in 1953, to the installation of her portrait in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. In 2014; she was continuously on a dramatic, musical or political stage.

 
Dr. Maya Angelou was a dancer, a singer, an actress, a poet, a writer, a magazine editor, a playwright, a film director as well as a college lecturer, full Professor and a fearless, outspoken activist. She never let her various vocations inhibit her activism or her willingness to speak out against injustice and inequality. She performed in a number of major productions. She was in both the 1954 International Touring Company and the subsequent movie of Porgy and Bess. She was also in the 1977 television series of Alex Haley’s ‘Roots’ and in the 1995 film ‘How to make an American Quilt.’ There are too many other productions to name. She directed the films ‘Georgia, Georgia’ and ‘Down in the Delta.’

 
Dr. Maya Angelou’s first book ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ was published in 1970. She went on to write thirty-six other books including autobiographies, poetry and essays. A number of Dr. Angelou’s works were best sellers and were published in a number of languages.

 
Throughout her life Dr. Angelou’s activism never flagged or waned. In 1959, during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, she headed the New York office of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian

 
Leadership Conference in 1959. Next, she worked for the Arab Observer News Magazine in Cairo, Egypt which was the premiere English language magazine in the Middle East. Later she moved to Ghana and met Malcolm X. She returned to the United States to work for him, but he was assassinated four days after her arrival in New York. She continued to be a voice of humanity, speaking out against anything that fettered the human spirit. Her life and her body of literary work trumpet the importance of love, tolerance and forgiveness. She was a warrior for truth, justice and love.

 

Order of Service

 

Officiating

 

Dr. Serenus T. Churn, Sr.
Senior Pastor Mount Zion Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

 
Prelude Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Ensemble

 
Processional The Family of Dr. Maya Angelou

 
Welcome Mr. Elliott Matthew Jones, Grandson

 
Call to Worship Dr. Serenus T. Churn, Sr.

 
The Holy Scriptures
New Testament John 14: 1-6, 27 Ambassador Andrew Young

 
Reflection Ms. Cicely Tyson
Actress

 
Opening Song Just a Closer Walk with Thee Bobby Jones Gospel Choir

 
Official Tribute The Honorable Bill Clinton 42nd President of the United States

 
Musical Tribute I Hope You Dance Ms. Lee Ann Womack
Written by Performing Artist
Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers

 
Reflection Dr. Edwin Wilson
Provost Emeritus, Wake Forest University

 
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Musical Tribute God Put a Rainbow in the Clouds. Performing Artist Ms. Alyson Williams

 

 

Reflection Ms. Oprah Winfrey

 
Musical Tribute Stand By Mr. Bebe Winans & Choir. Written by
Donnie McClurkin

 
Official Tribute Mrs. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States

 
Eulogy
Dr. Serenus T. Churn, Sr.

Personal Tribute Mr. Guy Bailey Johnson, Son. Mr. Brandon Bailey Johnson, Great Grandson

 

Musical Tribute Remember Me Mrs. Valerie Ashford Simpson
Written by Performing Artist
Ashford and Simpson

 

Closing Tribute Mr. Colin Ashanti Johnson, Grandson

 

Recessional Been Found 1996 Recording, Dr. Maya Angelou
with Ashford and Simpson

 

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Michelle Obama Emotional Speech at Maya Angelou Memorial Service

 

Published on Jun 7, 2014

First lady Michelle Obama speakes Saturday at a private memorial service for poet and author Maya Angelou, the White House said.

 
The service takes at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., where Angelou first began teaching in 1982.
Angelou, who died last week at age 86, was a favorite of the Obamas. President Obama praised her as a “brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman.” The president’s sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, was named for Angelou.

 
Although Angelou supported Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primaries, she later endorsed Barack Obama. In a 2009 essay in Essence magazine, Angelou recounted how she sought advice from Oprah Winfrey before introducing the Obamas at an event and praised Michelle Obama for her “effortless grace.”

 

Wake Forest University says there will be other celebrations of Angelou’s life in other cities. Her son, Guy Johnson, will release that information at a later date.

 

 

 

Oprah Winfrey speaks at Maya Angelou Memorial Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University

 

Published on Jun 7, 2014

Oprah Winfrey speaks at Maya Angelou Memorial Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University

 

 

 

Cicely Tyson speaks at Maya Angelou Memorial Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University

 

Published on Jun 7, 2014

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BeBe Winans speaks sings at Maya Angelou Memorial

 

Published on Jun 7, 2014

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And Still I Rise

 

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In addition to her well-known autobiographies, Maya Angelou has steadily written poetry over the years. In this video Professor Angelou recites her poem, “And Still I Rise,” from her volume of poetry And Still I Rise, published in 1978.

 

 

 

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Full Remarks: Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson

 

Published on Jun 7, 2014

Dr. Maya Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson, speaks at Saturday’s funeral service. We’ve posted his full, unedited remarks here

 

 

 

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Bill Clinton speaks at Maya Angelou Memorial Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University

 

Published on Jun 7, 2014

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Maya Angelou – Phenomenal Woman

 

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I Love You. I Will See You Soon.

 

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Mwen renmen ou epi mwen pral wè ou talè konsa.

 

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Ashford & Simpson with Maya Angelou – Been Found

 

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From the album Ashford & Simpson with Maya Angelou “Been Found” 1996.

 

 

 

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Watch Live: Harvey Milk Stamp Unveiling Ceremony.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Watch Live: Harvey Milk Stamp Unveiling Ceremony

This Thursday, May 22, the White House Office of Public Engagement, the United States Postal Service and the Harvey Milk Foundation will host a first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp at the White House.

The event will feature remarks by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator Tammy Baldwin, Representative John Lewis, Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman, and other distinguished guests including the Co-Founders of the Harvey Milk Foundation, Stuart Milk and Anne Kronenberg.

Watch live starting at 3:00 p.m. EST at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

If you’re following on social media, the hashtag is #HarveyMilkStamp.

(by United States Postal Service)

Harvey Milk was a visionary leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S. when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Milk’s achievements gave hope and confidence to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination. Milk believed that government should represent all citizens, ensuring equality and providing needed services.

Tragically, his political career was cut short less than a year after he took office in California when he and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were assassinated on November 27, 1978.

In 2009, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Harvey Milk with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And in 2013, the White House Office of Public Engagement honored ten openly LGBT elected and appointed officials as “Harvey Milk Champions of Change.”

Postal Service Reveals Harvey Milk Stamp Image

 

May 22 Dedication Ceremony at the White House; May 28 San Francisco Ceremony

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service officially revealed the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp today. The stamp’s official first-day-of-issue ceremony will take place May 22 at the White House.

The public is invited to attend the May 28 Harvey Milk Forever Stamp special dedication ceremony in San Francisco. Details on the time and location will be forthcoming. Customers may order the Harvey Milk stamp now through this link for delivery following the May 22 stamp issuance.

The stamp image is based on a circa 1977 black and white photograph of Milk in front of his Castro Street Camera store in San Francisco taken by Daniel Nicoletta of Grants Pass, OR. Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, VA, was art director for the stamp.

Harvey Milk was a visionary leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S. when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Milk’s achievements gave hope and confidence to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination. Milk believed that government should represent all citizens, ensuring equality and providing needed services.

His political career was tragically cut short less than a year after he took office in California when he and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were assassinated on Nov. 27, 1978.

In 2009, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

Customers may view many of this year’s other stamps on Facebook facebook.com/USPSStampsTwitter @USPSstamps, Pinterest pinterest.com/uspsstampsInstagram instagram.com/uspostalservice or on uspsstamps.comthe Postal Service’s online site for information on upcoming stamp subjects, first-day-of-issue events and other philatelic news.

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Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) was an American politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Politics and gay activism were not his early interests; he was not open about his homosexuality and did not participate in civic matters until around the age of 40, after his experiences in the counterculture of the 1960s.

Milk moved from New York City to settle in San Francisco in 1972 amid a migration of gay men to the Castro District. He took advantage of the growing political and economic power of the neighborhood to promote his interests, and ran unsuccessfully for political office three times. His theatrical campaigns earned him increasing popularity, and Milk won a seat as a city supervisor in 1977, part of the broader social changes the city was experiencing.

Milk served almost 11 months in office and was responsible for passing a stringent gay rights ordinance for the city. On November 27, 1978, Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, another city supervisor who had recently resigned but wanted his job back. Milk’s election was made possible by and was a key component of a shift in San Francisco politics. The assassinations and the ensuing events were the result of continuing ideological conflicts in the city.

Despite his short career in politics, Milk became an icon in San Francisco and a martyr in the gay community. In 2002, Milk was called “the most famous and most significantly open LGBT official ever elected in the United States”. Anne Kronenberg, his final campaign manager, wrote of him: “What set Harvey apart from you or me was that he was a visionary. He imagined a righteous world inside his head and then he set about to create it for real, for all of us.” Milk was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

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Milk in 1978
Member of the San Francisco Board

of Supervisors

from District 5

In office
January 8, 1978 – November 27, 1978
Preceded by District Created
Succeeded by Harry Britt
Constituency The Castro,
Haight-Ashbury,
Duboce Triangle,
Noe Valley
Personal details
Born Harvey Bernard Milk
May 22, 1930
Woodmere, New York
Died November 27, 1978(aged 48)
San Francisco, California
Political party Democratic
Residence San Francisco
Alma mater University at Albany
Profession Politician, business owner
Religion Judaism
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1951–1955
Rank US-O2 insignia.svg Lieutenant, junior grade
Unit USS Kittiwake (ASR-13)
Battles/wars Korean War

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Assassination

 

On November 10, 1978, 10 months after being sworn in, White resigned his position on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, claiming that his annual salary of $9,600 was not enough to support his family. Milk was also feeling the pinch of the decrease in income when he and Scott Smith were forced to close Castro Camera a month before. Within days, White requested that his resignation be withdrawn and he be reinstated, and Mayor Moscone initially agreed.

 However, further consideration—and intervention by other supervisors—convinced the mayor to appoint someone more in line with the growing ethnic diversity of White’s district and the liberal leanings of the Board of Supervisors. On November 18, news broke of the murder of California Representative Leo Ryan, who was in Jonestown, Guyana to check on the remote community built by members of the Peoples Temple who had relocated from San Francisco. The next day came news of the mass suicide of members of the Peoples Temple. Horror came in degrees as San Franciscans learned more than 400 Jonestown residents were dead. Dan White remarked to two aides who were working for his reinstatement, “You see that? One day I’m on the front page and the next I’m swept right off.” Soon the number of dead in Guyana topped 900.

Moscone planned to announce White’s replacement days later, on November 27, 1978. A half hour before the press conference, White entered City Hall through a basement window to avoid metal detectors, and made his way to Moscone’s office. Witnesses heard shouting between White and Moscone, then gunshots. White shot the mayor in the shoulder and chest, then twice in the head after Moscone had fallen on the floor. White then quickly walked to his former office, reloading his police-issue revolver with hollow-point bullets along the way, and intercepted Milk, asking him to step inside for a moment. Dianne Feinstein heard gunshots and called the police.

She found Milk face down on the floor, shot five times, including twice in the head at close range. After identifying both bodies, Feinstein was shaking so badly she required support from the police chief. It was she who announced to the press, “Today San Francisco has experienced a double tragedy of immense proportions. As President of the Board of Supervisors, it is my duty to inform you that both Mayor Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk have been shot and killed,” then adding after being drowned out by shouts of disbelief, “and the suspect is Supervisor Dan White.” Milk was 48 years old. Moscone was 49.

Within an hour, White called his wife from a nearby diner; she met him at a church and escorted him to the police, where White turned himself in. Many residents left flowers on the steps of City Hall. That evening, a spontaneous gathering began to form on Castro Street, moving toward City Hall in a candlelight vigil. Their numbers were estimated between 25,000 and 40,000, spanning the width of Market Street, extending the mile and a half (2.4 km) from Castro Street. The next day, the bodies of Moscone and Milk were brought to the City Hall rotunda where mourners paid their respects. Six thousand mourners attended a service for Mayor Moscone at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Two memorials were held for Milk; a small one at Temple Emanu-El and a more boisterous one at the Opera House.

The headline of The San Francisco Examiner on November 28, 1978 announced Dan White was charged with first-degree murder, and eligible for the death penalty.

The headline of The San Francisco Examiner on November 28, 1978 announced Dan White was charged with first-degree murder, and eligible for the death penalty.

 

“The plaque covering Milk’s ashes reads, in part:[Harvey Milk's] camera store and campaign headquarters at 575 Castro Street and his apartment upstairs were centers of community activism for a wide range of human rights, environmental, labor, and neighborhood issues. Harvey Milk’s hard work and accomplishments on behalf of all San Franciscans earned him widespread respect and support. His life is an inspiration to all people committed to equal opportunity and an end to bigotry.

 

 

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Uploaded on Apr 8, 2011

Based on the true story, Academy Award- winner Sean Penn stars in this stirring celebration of Harvey Milk. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone proclaims it ̱an American classic _ 4 stars!̨

 

 

 

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